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    When Rivalry Between Departments Goes Too Far

    Police officers are by nature competitive, and law enforcement is too varied to expect all officers to feel and act like they are playing on the same team all of the time in their interactions with members of other departments or agencies. However, it isn't too much to expect that all members of the law enforcement profession behave like they are ...
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    Death Notifications: A Tough Police Assignment

    Handling death notifications is a necessary part of the job that few law enforcement officers enjoy. It can be traumatic for the officer, as well as for the family members. Delivering a death message is a duty that is vitally important with far-reaching ramifications in people's lives. Handled poorly, extreme situations can develop. Family members and others advised of the passing ...
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    What do Instructors Make?

    What do Instructors Make?
    (Dedicated to all of my teachers… To all who instructed me in my career... and to all who have instructed Peace Keepers... and to those who currently instruct Peace Keepers.) The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with the educational process. He argued, "What's a student going to learn ...
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    Behavioral Aspects of Crowd and Riot Control

    Having described the types of behaviors and techniques associated with riot behavior, both group and individual, it is now important to discuss those techniques that law enforcement must employ if it is to successfully contain and control this behavior. Like the individual and group activities that are a part of riot behavior, riot control involves actions both by the individual police ...
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    Making Campuses Safe

    DeCollege and University Police and Investigators Conference As a law enforcement officer you should know the importance of the varying degrees of training. Law enforcement officers can select areas of training that they may be interested in or select training that fits their environment or the job role they are currently in. I have attended many training classes both at our ...
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    Post Shooting Syndrome

    The identification of post-traumatic stress disorder in the context of the police use of deadly force is one example of how mental health professionals have made a major contribution to law enforcement (Zeling 1986). Dr. Michael Roberts, a consultant to the San José, California, Police Department, was one of the first to call attention to the postshooting syndrome. He pointed out ...
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    Police Officer Suicide Prevention

    h4. Officers kill themselves at higher rate than general population The seasonal spike in suicides during the Christmas/New Years holiday period is no secret to veteran law enforcement officers. What may come as a surprise is the high number of officers that, to use the old phrase, "eat their gun." The recent suicides of two New Orleans Police officers during the ...
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    Dispatchers Police Stress

    It has taken a while for me to write this in response to numerous requests from police and fire dispatchers because, frankly, I've never been a dispatcher myself. So I had to do a lot of thinking about what dispatchers have told me about their own experiences with police stress, and my own experiences at the other end of the radio. ...
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    Handling too many critical incidents can lead to trouble

    I received a heartfelt letter from a concerned police officer's wife. She was experiencing her what, for want of a better term, could be called spouse's police stress. Her husband had policed far more than his share of critical incidents, including accidents where numerous children were killed. He was withdrawing from her and questioning his belief in God. Why, in essence, ...
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    HEY SARGE!

    Congratulations. You made sergeant. At last, the end of police stress. If it suits you, it is potentially the best job in law enforcement. You probably are still in the union, you have status and responsibility over and above what you used to have. You can finally exercise your leadership with the credibility of those stripes, which you worked long and ...
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    How to deal with Police Bashers

    You must always be prepared for the sudden explosive expression of fear and outrage peppered with every obscenity and insult you've ever heard on every traffic stop you make. Generally it is fairly easy to stand back and let the person vent. After all, you have the power to write a citation no matter how much the motorist offends you and ...
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    I Live to Nap, and I Nap to Live

    No discussion of police stress and dealing with shift work can be complete without looking at the universal need for sleep, and the consequences of both not getting enough sleep or having irratic sleep patterns. Police stress and shift work go together. Sleep news: scientific news related to sleep. It was reported last week in a reputable magazine, Science, that researchers ...
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    I stopped another officer for drunk driving

    No other police stress "Ask the Shrink" column that I wrote for Patrol Log Magazine(Sept., 1993) generated as much controversy and antagonism as this one. It is still relevant five years later. Unfortunately little has changed in the way many departments handle alcohol abuse and/or alcohol dependence with their officers when they run afoul of the law themselves. Police aren't imune ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: Supreme Court 2006

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of legal decisions relating to operations. Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law as announced by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2005-2006 term (NOTE: See previous issue for additional cases) . Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded where ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: United States Supreme Court Update

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with decisions that are impacted by the law from the United States Supreme Court. Objective: Provide officers with training on new legal standards announced by the United States Supreme Court. Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes for each of the hypothetical sections, but this may be expanded where agency ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: United States Supreme Court Update 2

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with decisions that are impacted by the law from the United States Supreme Court. Objective: Provide officers with training on new legal standards announced by the United States Supreme Court. Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes for each of the hypothetical sections, but this may be expanded where agency ...
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    State Level Training Commissions

    "Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission":http://www.apostc.state.al.us/ "Alaska Police Standards Council":http://www.dps.state.ak.us/apsc/asp/ "Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board":http://www.azpost.state.az.us/ "Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training":http://www.clest.org/aleta_home.html "California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission":http://www.post.ca.gov/ "Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board":http://www.ago.state.co.us/post_board.cfm?MenuPage=True "Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council":http://www.ct.gov/post/ "District of Columbia Peace Officer Standards and Training Board":http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1232,q,541040,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,%7C31417%7C.asp "Federal Law Enforcement Training Center":http://www.fletc.gov/ ...
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    How to Handle the Mentally Ill

    Police officers not only must be able to recognize abnormal behavior and mentally ill persons, but also must be prepared to guard, restrain, or take into custody people whose behavior suggests the presence of a mental illness. The following are suggestions for handling these difficult situations. **1. Calls involving known emotionally disturbed individuals should be answered by more than one officer.** ...
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    Behavioral Aspects of Crowd and Riot Control

    Having described the types of behaviors and techniques associated with riot behavior, both group and individual, it is now important to discuss those techniques that law enforcement must employ if it is to successfully contain and control this behavior. Like the individual and group activities that are a part of riot behavior, riot control involves actions both by the individual police ...
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    Doing the right thing and being treated "wrong"

    Sometimes law enforcement officers who are suffering from police stress avoid seeking counseling, often for good reason (see my article "The Ugly Shrink"). But sometimes stress builds up to a point where they have an episode either of depression or panic that is so disturbing or so blatant that they reluctantly see a therapist. Often spouses convince their partners to get ...
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